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Recommended reading for National Short Story Month

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Blend fact with short fiction

While many readers may be more familiar with historical fiction in novels, historical short fiction is a substantial genre in its own right. Todd James Pierce, co-author of the textbook Behind the Short Story, shares what he’s learned from a decade of trying to write historical short stories: his eight rules for writing historical fiction.


Improve my odds of getting a story published

We asked many leading editors to share what they look for in a good short story. Here’s what they had to say


Experiment with flash fiction

Writing short-short stories is an art form. Here’s our ultimate guide to getting started. 

You can also browse 5 flash fiction tips we found in our archives from 1946. 



Put together a short story collection

Here’s a quick-and-dirty guide for what you need to know before querying a collection.


Get inspiration from other writers

Read our interviews with acclaimed short story writers Camille Acker, Etgar Keret, and Megan Mayhew Bergman. You can also dig into our archives with David Lavender‘s short fiction tips from 1942. 


Read more short fiction

Why not browse our archives of past short story contest winners?